Councillor eyes deputy mayor seat
Barrie Examiner – May 7 2010 Incumbent Deputy Mayor Ralph Hough will have some competition for his job in Oro-Medonte Township in the upcoming election.
But the veteran municipal politician is used to competition, which he said is “healthy.”
“It’s no big deal. I’ve had competition in every election and I’ve been fortunate enough to win,” said Hough, who served Ward 2 from 1997 until he was elected deputy mayor in 2006.
Coun. Sandy Agnew will risk his Ward 3 seat to run for deputy mayor.
“Three and a half years of council has given me a good experience that will be useful if I do get elected,” he said.
“At the county level, we need strong leadership in many of the environmental issues.”
For example, he said, “the county needs to move very aggressively toward managing waste using zero-waste principles,” basically by “recovering everything that’s produced now” for recycling or reusing.
Agnew, a director and founding member of Zero Waste Simcoe, said a product manufacturer must be “responsible for taking it back at the end of its useful life.”
A similar trend can be seen with electronic waste, he said.